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The Sleeping - Question and Answers
And again another Victory Records artist. And again another great one. Prog rock/ hardcore as it is described. But now it’s not the oi hardcore or the metal hardcore…it’s more like the indie hardcore. Ah forget it..listen to it yourself to find out.
Question and Answers is their Victory debut. They hit the studio in February 2006 with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, Straylight Run). So no doubt about the record quality. On the inside of the booklet is written that this record is dedicated to John “Beatz” Holohan and Caitlin Boyle. John “Beatz” Holohan was Bayside’s drummer. He died in a car accident in October 2005. Caitlin Boyle was a psychology student who died of infection of bacterial meningitis in November 2005.
Losing two close friends in such a short time is pretty hard to take. It creates a lot of questions that scream for answers. For musicians, music is the best way to cope with such experiences. For The Sleeping it was Question and Answers that helped them out. That’s why it's lyrically pretty heavy. Vocalist Doug Robinson once said in an interview: "This record released a lot of demons in all of us, but at the same time, it definitely fueled some sort of a fire within us. It's hard to be satisfied when things get taken away from people so unexpectedly. That’s why I think this record became an undeniably moody record."
Music wise it’s pretty progressive. Progressive in a way like JR Ewing and The Mars Volta. It kind of surprised me that their songs have these happy catchy hooks in it. It’s also a very rhythmical record. The drums reminded me of bands like The Killers and Franz Ferdinand.
Very dance-able. It looks like this album gets a bit louder and heavier in the end, but maybe that’s just me…
All together it’s music that I can appreciate. Besides that, I think this record has something special. Because it’s very personal and pretty heavy. You can hear that in almost every song. People who have lost a beloved one will know and recognize….
PS: Release date is unknown to me. So the date set above is incorrect. Though this record already has been released.
The Sleeping - Question and Answers
90/1001Details Victory Records
Released on Tuesday May 30th, 2006
prog rock / hardcore

Writer @Maurits on Tuesday Jun 27th, 2006

Tags: #The Sleeping
Tracklisting 1. Don’t Hold Back
2. Loud And Clear
3. Heart Beatz
4. The Climb
5. The Big Breakdown-Day 3 (The Escape)
6. King Of Hearts
7. 3 Cigarettes
8. Who Stays Behind
9. Listen Close
10. Dearest Mistake,
11. Better Than Anything Else
12. Still
Line up Joe Zizzo - Drums
Sal Mignano - Bass
Cameron Keym - Guitar
Doug Robinson - Vocals